Today I read Hebrews 11 and was struck by how many times it said by faith. By faith, Noah built an ark and it saved his family. By faith, Sarah had Isaac when she was 90 years old. By faith, the Israelites walked through the Red Sea as on dry land. By faith, the army marched around Jericho and after seven days, the walls fell.
Each story was by faith as their life depended upon it. Noah would have drowned, Sarah would have died in childbirth, the Israelites swallowed by the sea, the army overtaken. Notice that it isn’t by effort, by salary, by position, by merit or good deeds, not by-anything but faith.
What areas in your life do you need faith? Maybe you’ve been unhappy with your job (or lack there-of), struggling with finances, wondering how all of the details will come together for your wedding/trip/house, struggling with infertility, pain in your body, losing weight, or fill-in-the-blank!
Having faith, hope, and trust in God isn’t aimless wishes. It’s staying obedient to God through the waiting.
Did you know Noah built the arc for 120 years? That’s a long time to live by faith! But by faith and obedience, Noah saved his life and his family’s life from a flood. He heard from the Lord, he obeyed, and in the waiting, he had faith.
Today, how are you living by faith as if your life depended upon it? To take that even further, what is God saying to you and where do you need to be obedient? Ask and listen.
We serve a faithful God who always fulfills His promises! Today, I pray that where we are weak, we are made strong by a good and faithful Creator (2 Corinthians 12:9-11)!